1. Questlove Challenges Artists to Write Protest Songs After Mike Brown & Eric Garner Rulings

    December 04, 2014 5:35 PM EST Roots mastermind says musicians -- in hip-hop and beyond -- are not singing about the issues nearly enough. Listen up, y’all: Questlove has something to say, and as usual, it's pretty much gospel. Following the non-indictments of police officers in the Mike Brown and Eric Garner…

  2. Iggy Azalea Responds to Azealia Banks' Eric Garner-Related Twitter Criticism

    December 04, 2014 12:30 PM EST The Twitter battle of Azalea vs. Azealia continues to rage. After Azealia Banks blasted  Iggy Azalea yesterday (Dec. 3) for allegedly stealing from black culture without caring about the issues associated with it (in this case, the Eric Garner controversy), Iggy has fired back. 'South…

  3. Mike Simonetti Leaving Italians Do It Better, Launching Label with Captured Tracks' Mike Sniper

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Mike Simonetti is striking out on his own once again. Perhaps best-known for founding dream-pop label Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel  -- and, solo, noise rock staple Troubleman Unlimited in the early '90s and New Jersey in 2012 -- the DJ, producer, and label head is leaving…

  4. Clementine and the Galaxy, 'When The Night Is Over': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Clementine and the Galaxy 's triumphant new single "When The Night Is Over" might sound a bit familiar: an instrumental of the track was featured in a Victoria's Secret advertisement. However, the New York-based electro-pop duo -- composed of Julie Hardy and Mike…

  5. Music Industry Sues Chrysler, Mitsubishi Over In-Car Recording Devices

    December 03, 2014 11:55 AM EST In the U.K, several trade orgs join forces in a dispute over private copying levies. A dispute over private copying levies is heating up on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S., the Alliance Of Artists And Recording Companies (AARC) recently served legal papers to FIAT-owned car…

  6. Run the Jewels Releases Flashy Video for 'Oh My Darling (Don't Cry)'

    December 03, 2014 11:40 AM EST Killer Mike has been politically active lately, penning op-eds on the use of rap lyrics in trial and speaking about the grand jury verdict in the Ferguson case. Somehow he's also found time to keep releasing videos for his rap duo with El-P , Run The Jewels . The latest, for "Oh…

  7. Florida Georgia Line, MAGIC! & Idina Menzel Join Line-Up for ‘New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    December 03, 2014 9:00 AM EST Florida Georgia Line , MAGIC! and Idina Menzel will perform at Times Square for the “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015,” organizers announced today.  Menzel will sing her Frozen smash “Let It Go,” Florida Georgia Line will perform a medley of hits including “Cruise,” "This…

  8. Ex-Cake Drummer Pete McNeal Gets 15 Years to Life for Molesting Toddler

    December 03, 2014 1:46 AM EST Peter Ivan McNeal , a former drummer with the alternative rock band Cake , has been sentenced to 15-years-to-life in state prison for molesting a three-year-old girl at a Thanksgiving 2009 party. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fred Wapner sentenced McNeal, the L.A Times reports ,…

  9. Jill Scott Under Fire for Supporting Bill Cosby

    December 02, 2014 6:40 PM EST The singer-songwriter takes aim at Cosby critics on Twitter. Singer-songwriter Jill Scott is under fire for repeatedly tweeting her support of Bill Cosby amid a wave of sexual assault allegations against the comedian. The messages started Nov. 24 on social media, after a Twitter follower…

  10. 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5 Set to Perform at People Magazine Awards

    December 02, 2014 8:20 AM EST Smoking-hot Australian pop-punk outfit 5 Seconds of Summer and American hitmakers Maroon 5 will perform at the inaugural People Magazine Awards, which promises to honor the “cultural forces of the year” with a star-studded Dec. 18 gala.  The two-hour special will be aired live on NBC…

  11. Killer Mike Pens Op-Ed on Rap Lyrics Used as Legal Evidence in Court

    December 01, 2014 8:04 PM EST If hip-hop was always taken at face value, rapper Killer Mike  of Run the Jewels might be convicted for his name alone. But that's not how our justice system works, right? Wrong, according to a new op-ed co-written by Killer Mike called "Rap's poetic (In)justice,"…

  12. New Music Round-Up: A$AP Ferg, B.o.B, James Fauntleroy & OG Maco

    November 28, 2014 5:00 PM EST While many indulged in round two of their Thanksgiving meal, a handful of R&B/hip-hop artists released new material on Black Friday, Nov. 28. Below, stream new projects from A$AP Ferg , OG Maco , James Fauntleroy and B.o.B . OG Maco - OG Maco Following the success of his two singles …

  13. T.I., Big Sean & More Rappers Hand Out Turkeys for Thanksgiving

    November 26, 2014 3:28 PM EST Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & MC Hammer were also spotted giving back. A handful of rappers are giving thanks and giving back for Thanksgiving, handing out turkeys in their communities ahead of the holiday. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack Big Sean helped his…

  14. Lecrae on Ferguson: 'The System We Have in Place Has Biases'

    November 26, 2014 2:45 PM EST Two dominant views pervade public opinion regarding Ferguson. The first view, held by many people, sees the incident in Ferguson and the decision that followed as an isolated issue. They believe that the grand jury made a decision based on the evidence, and the justice system worked as well…

  15. Ferguson: Beyonce Shares Statement From Michael Brown's Family

    November 25, 2014 1:40 PM EST Beyonce has weighed in on the grand jury's decision, announced Monday night, to not indict Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Using her preferred method of communication with the masses, Instagram, the singer shared a photo of the statement from the Brown family,…

  16. Ted Nugent Posts Offensive, Illogical Ferguson Rant

    November 25, 2014 11:32 AM EST For better or worse (hint: worse), classic rocker turned conservative pundit Ted Nugent has weighed in on the Ferguson decision that let police officer Darren Wilson walk scot-free after shooting and killing unarmed civilian Michael Brown. While the decision drew outrage from pop stars…

  17. Killer Mike on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: 'I Got Kicked on My Ass'

    November 25, 2014 10:40 AM EST Since the unarmed teenager Michael Brown was gunned down on Aug. 9 in Ferguson Miss., Killer Mike has been one of the few artists willing to talk about the situation from the beginning. Monday night, after a grand jury announced that they were not going indict police officer Darren Wilson…

  18. Macklemore Marches in Seattle to Protest Ferguson, Michael Brown Decision

    November 25, 2014 10:14 AM EST Macklemore was among the many, many musicians who expressed disgust with the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson , who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Miss. In addition to simply voicing displeasure over social media, Macklemore also took to the streets to march in…

  19. AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ Is Streaming Now

    November 24, 2014 11:58 PM EST AC/DC’s latest album Rock Or Bust is streaming early through an iTunes Radio “First Play” exclusive.  The legendary Aussie rockers’ 11-track album includes first single “Play Ball” and its title track, the official video for which dropped in recent days. AC/DC Release 'Rock or Bust&…

  20. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React

    November 24, 2014 10:17 PM EST Rihanna, Katy Perry, Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Hayley Williams, Alicia Keys and many more speak out. The death of Michael Brown has been a rallying cry in the hip-hop community since the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer back in August. Monday night (Nov. 24)…

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